March Madness: The One Drop Pool
Office pools have been made. Conference champ titles have been won. Selection Sunday is done. March Madness is here. And in case you need one more tournament to join, we’ve got the best one yet! Not to mention – we’ve got over $1,000 worth of prizes in our pool!
The One Drop March to Better Health ⛹️♀️
The One Drop pool isn’t like most. There are no brackets to fill, no bets to be made, won, or lost. Instead, we’re all about the March to Better Health. We want to get each other motivated and moving; practicing more workout routines and getting in more daily steps. This is the One Drop style of March Madness: we are marching like mad to better our health.
PRIZES: The person with the most activity logged gets One Drop | Premium for a year. 🏆 Unlimited test strips on-demand for a year! Coaching on-demand for a year! Your new, beautiful, One Drop | Chrome included! All you have to do is get moving, get grooving, and get sharing on socials. We’ll also have 5 runners-up, who will receive 3 months of One Drop | Premium (which includes also includes unlimited, on-demand test strips & coaching, plus a One Drop | Chrome).
How do I do it?
Easy! To participate, all you have to do is log your activity in your One Drop app using the orange Movement moment. Then, share your Movement moment on Instagram or Twitter, and use #OneDropMarch and tag @onedroptoday. That’s it! Check out the full contest flyer here.
💡 Pro-Tip: You can share your Movement moment directly to Twitter! Just tap the arrow icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the Log Movement screen, tap the Twitter icon, and add the #OneDropMarch hashtag & @onedroptoday tag to the text. Voila! Otherwise, you can simply screenshot your moment and share it via your Twitter and Instagram apps.
The person who logs the most Movement moments in their One Drop app over the course of the month wins all. We’ll take a look at in-app tracking at the end of the month, crunch the Movement moment numbers, and let you know our winners.
What’s in it for me?
Starting March 1, we’ll be looking for #OneDropMarch entries on Twitter & Instagram and tracking in-app Movement moments. The person with the most activity data logged by March 31 wins! And this win is better than your typical March Madness office pool. In case you missed the gist above, here’s a recap:
Grand Prize ($500 Value) – 1 Winner
One Year of One Drop | Premium, which includes:
• One Drop | Chrome meter
• Unlimited, on-demand test strips
• Unlimited, on-demand coaching from a diabetes educator
Runners Up ($135 Value) – 5 Winners
Three Months of One Drop | Premium, which includes:
• One Drop | Chrome meter
• Unlimited, on-demand test strips
• Unlimited, on-demand coaching from a diabetes educator
Move it, Move it.🕺
This one’s your easiest bracket yet, folks. This is straight tournament fun — and all you have to do is move. To make your mark in One Drop March Madness history, here’s how to play:
1. Walk, run, jog, weight-lift, cycle, dance, zumba, jazzercise. Whatever your method, just move! And March each day to better health.
2. Log your activity in the One Drop Movement moment (orange icon) via your One Drop app.
3. Share your moment on Twitter and/or Instagram; use #OneDropMarch and tag @onedroptoday!
4. We’ll announce our tournament winners in April!
Happy 12 Days of Awesomeness!
We’ve just enjoyed 12 Days of YOU, our One Drop family, being an absolute diabadass. We are so thankful for the many people we have in our badass diabetes family. All of us are warriors, all of us are fighting this battle daily. And we are crushing it! 💪
Not only that, but we’re doing it together. It truly is remarkable and wonderful for all of us to be sharing our experiences, our highs, our lows, our unicorns, our workarounds, our secret fixes. Whatever it may be, good or bad, we know that we are doing this diabetes thing together. Which makes it totally badass. Totally DiaBadAss.
A #12DaysOfDiabadass Recap
The best part of our 12 days of Diabadass? Being able to feature some of the amazing people that make up our One Drop family:
But those are just a few! There are so many of you out there that are kicking diabetes butt. And you should know, we’re doing it right there with you. We’ve got you’re back. And we’re so pumped to have you in our diabadass family, doing it together!
And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for — our #12DaysOfDiabadass winners! Drumroll, please. 🥁
The winners of unlimited test strips for 2018 (plus unlimited coaching, and a Chrome meter) are 🏆
Thank you to everyone who played, and be on the lookout for more contests, discounts, giveaways and the like in our email blasts. Happy New Year, One Drop family! Welcome to 2018.
On the 11th Day of Diabadass
Say hello to Manny Cota! Manny joined One Drop in February 2017, and has been going strong ever since 💪
Everything you need to know about Manny Cota
Here’s your need-to-know background info: Born and raised in California & Arizona, Manny loves baseball. L.A. Dodgers is his team. For life. 🤘 All other sports and teams are merely secondary. His favorite, in-a-perfect world delicacy? Pastries! (Can’t say we disagree) And during his weekly cheat-meal, you’ll more often than not find him eating a couple of slices of pizza.
So, what’s Manny’s deal with diabetes?
Manny’s been doing the type 2 diabetes dance since 2013(ish). He was terrified upon diagnosis. But, after attending a few classes over a 7-week period, Manny felt more informed and encouraged about the future of his diabetes management. For a while, he was crushing the BG-checking game.
But, admittedly, he stepped away from it after a while. It wasn’t until Manny started physically feeling the aches & pains from neglecting his diabetes that he decided to make drastic changes. Since changing up his dietary strategy, picking up a gym habit, and joining One Drop, Manny’s been able to get his A1c back on track. In fact, he went all the way from a 10.8 to a 6.1! In his own words:
“I’ve been a Member since March 5th 2017. I feel grateful to be part of a community where you have support 24/7. Plus it’s easy to use on tracking your meals and activities. I did make the right choice to join the One Drop community. With their application and with the support from my personal diabetes specialist I have been able to bring my A1C to a 6.1.”
What’s his secret?
Beyond his One Drop | Expert, Manny attributes his diabadass success to the gym. Without fail, Manny goes to the gym every morning at 4am, for two hours worth of exercise. Not only that, but Manny also makes time for the important things: his family and his DJ side-job. This guy is constantly on-the-go, but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves, being with who he loves, and taking time every day to manage his diabetes. Manny Cota is truly a diabadass. For all the Manny inspo, check out his video below! 👇
Hey, Emily! 👋 What’s your story?
Emily has been doing the type 1 diabetes thing for almost 20 years. On top of that, at the age of 18, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She’d been successfully managing her diabetes for a while, but it was her RA diagnosis that was life-altering. Emily was handed a prescription for weekly chemotherapy and told to take Vicodin as needed. After a month of this treatment plan, Emily quickly realized she was not truly living anymore, and her illnesses had completely taken over her life.
Months of her own research resulted in a complete lifestyle overhaul, which lead to a life free of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Emily life’s mission is to help others like her realize that a diagnosis is not a death sentence, but a chance to become your happiest and healthiest self.
Emily founded Chronically Healthy: an online community of people with invisible illnesses (like diabetes, celiac disease, PCOS, chronic pain). Not only is it a support system, but also a place where Emily offers counseling and guidance through personal programs & training. Not only that, but Emily also offers tons of insight & information on her blog. This post is a particular fave of ours. She also has great recipes & features of other diabadass ladies on the blog, so be sure to explore it all!
Emily also offers support, advice, and awesome nuggets of knowledge on Instagram & YouTube. Her light & positivity are super empowering & inspirational. This female entrepreneur is a total top-notch diabadass!
The Bryan Rodriguez Story
Bryan was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in August of 2017, just 3 days before his 39th birthday. He was admitted to the ICU with an A1C of 13, a diabetic foot ulcer, DKA, Sepsis, and osteomyelitis on his left big toe (which had to be partially amputated due to the severe infection that was in the bone already). None of this stopped Bryan. Instead, he decided to go full-throttle.
When he was released from the hospital seven days later, he did his own internet scouring & sleuthing, and found One Drop. The unlimited test strips option was exactly what he was looking for. Since then, Bryan has been crushing his #bgnow game, and sharing his journey with the OneDrop community as a One Drop Ambassador.
Beyond his diabadass status in the One Drop community, Bryan photographs weddings in his hometown Miami, FL. He’s been crashing weddings with his wife, Nat, since 2008, when they first started NB (Nat&Bryan) Weddings! Hundreds of couples have invited them to document their special day over the course of the last 10 years. Bryan and Nat also welcomed their son, Ethan, in 2010, turning the photography duo into the Three Muskateers. Dad, husband, and world-class photographer, Bryan does it all while reaching diabadass beast mode.
Ginger has lived with type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999.
We discovered Ginger’s love for One Drop through her awesome review in Diabetes Daily and her frequent shoutouts on Twitter (@GingerVieira)! On top of being an incredible diabetes advocate and very vocal member of the DOC, Ginger has authored 5 diabetes guidebooks, all available on Amazon.
Ginger’s most recent book is Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management, and we highly recommend it to anyone thinking about pregnancy or currently pregnant with diabetes. Ginger provides her tried and true tips for a successful pregnancy with T1D, and she’s got proof that her strategies work: two adorable kiddos of her own!
What else makes Ginger a diabadass?
I’m glad you asked. As if all the above weren’t impressive enough: Ginger is an award-winning competitive powerlifter! In 2009 & 2010, Ginger set 15 records in drug-tested powerlifting with a 308 lb. deadlift, a 265 lb. squat, and a 190 lb. bench press.
How can I keep up with Ginger?
You may know this Type-1 diabadass as the founder of Diabetics Doing Things — a podcast highlighting the amazing things people with diabetes accomplish on a daily basis.
“More often than not, people think T1D is this debilitating disease that takes away your hopes, dreams, and future. So I found myself thinking that someone should be telling the stories of the things people with Type 1 are doing outside of their diabetes.” – Rob Howe (DCH Interview, July 2016)
Diabetics Doing Things
Rob was diagnosed on January 1, 2005 at the age of 16. Diabetics Doing Things was inspired by the excellent care and encouragement he received from the endocrine staff at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Rob hopes the stories told on Diabetics Doing Things simultaneously educate the general public and inspire those in our diabetes community to accomplish the goals they’ve set for themselves. Today, the DDT podcast has over 1,000 years of living with T1D and is approaching 100 episodes.
What Makes Rob so diabadass?
After his diagnosis, Rob went on to graduate Valedictorian of his high school class. He attended the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs on a full basketball scholarship, and graduated with honors + a BS in Business. Following a marketing position for Team USA Boxing, Rob accepted a position on the Washington Generals professional basketball team for their 2012-13 season. He now acts as the co-founder and managing partner of Recreation Dallas and performs improv comedy at Dallas Comedy House in his free time. Not only that, he just recently launched his very own DDT-inspired hoodie! Athletic, passionate, funny and fashionable!? Rob is doing things… diabadass things.
- Rob lives with his cat, Michael J. Fox 😸
- Rob roots for the Miami Heat 🔥
- Rob recently [basically] became the face of Medtronic’s 670g pump campaign (#strikeapose)
Abgr Xenda, aka Superman
One Drop ambassador Abgr Xenda is our very own Clark Kent. By day, Abgr is a successful account and application developer at Xenda Group. After hours, he is an award-winning triathlete. And when we say award-winning and triathlete, we mean award-winning. And triathlete. 🏆 But more on that later.
How’d he become a diabadass?
Diagnosed in 2011 with T1D, Abgr dealt with some extreme diabetes-related hospital visits over the next 4 years. But in January 2016, he found the low-carb diet. He studied it and applied it immediately, and has since cut out all grains and high glycemic index foods.
So what’s his go-to meal secret? The answer, in Abgr’s own words, is “protein, and protein only.” Standard meals include anything with eggs, meat, chicken, and fish, along with zucchini, eggplant, spinach, cauliflower, and broccoli, which meet his daily minimum of 10g of carbs.
In January 2017, as Abgr likes to explain it, he “decided to return to the sport life again.” Meaning, casually picking up triathlons. No big deal.
Over the past year, this T1D powerhouse won the championship of Misr for long distance (3K Steeplechase, 5K, 10K, and Decathlon) and continues to impress us with his athletic achievements. Most recently, Abgr ran and swam his way to victory — taking third place at the Al Corniche Club Aquathlon event.. all while rocking killer One Drop gear 😎
So how does this diabadass maintain such perfect (and we mean PERFECT) blood sugars during a triathlon? Dates. Abgr explains, “It is small in size, can be held in my running outfit, and one date can do miracles, as one date will increase my BG by 20mg/dl.” The secret is in the date-sauce.
We love keeping up with Abgr on Instagram and Twitter. He’s constantly sharing educational articles, health and wellness tips, and gives us insight into how diet and exercise affect his numbers. This diabadass inspires us to stay active, eat intelligently, and check those sugars using One Drop | Chrome!